Private & Alfresco Dining

Private & Alfresco Dining

Our private dining experience can be enjoyed for special occasions in a variety spaces at Wivenhoe House including Signatures, The BoardroomThe Garden Suite, The Gazebo and the brasserie

We are delighted to have hosted a number of private dining events for a variety of events including;


Hen parties

Baby naming ceremonies



Please contact our events team to discuss menu options. Alternatively, we can create a bespoke menu exclusively for you and your guests.

Our extensive wine list is supplemented by a special collection in our cellars. We would be delighted to share our knowledge of wines with you and assure you of a memorable experience.

Our private dining spaces

The Gazebo

Private or a la carte options available

Up to 12 guests

Dedicated waiting staff


Signatures or Drawing room

Up to 40 guests on cabaret/rounds

Up to 24 guests on one large table

Dedicated staff

Located in the 18th century main house overlooking the extensive parkland


The Signatures Room

The Boardroom

Seats up to 12 on one table

Dedicated staff

Ideal for post business meeting dining and private afternoon teas

Located in the 18th Century Main House


The Boardroom

The brasserie

The semi-private alcove area can seat up to 20 guests

Dedicated waiting staff

Tables of 8 or more dining from the Menu De Lionel for a special occasion will include; table linen, celebration plate and table decor.

the brasserie is located on the ground floor of the modern Garden Wing


the alcove in the brasserie

The Garden Suite

The three rooms can be hired separately or as one

Up to 120 guests

Dedicated waiting staff

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How to contact us?

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Call us on 01206 863666


find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.